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Innovate Berkeley - Social Innovation Dinner

Impact Hub Bay Area

Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:15 PM to 9:15 PM (PDT)

Innovate Berkeley - Social Innovation Dinner

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General Admission Ended $35.00 $2.92
Impact Hub Members Ended $30.00 $2.64

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Join us for Innovate Berkeley - seating is limited! 

At this monthly dinner event, we gather thought leaders and change makers to share ideas about Bay Area innovation and eat delicious, local cuisine.

Innovate Berkeley is co-sponsored by Impact Hub Berkeley, the City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development, the Berkeley Startup Cluster, and the Urban Innovation Exchange.

"The best networking event I've been to all year!" 
- Michael Caplan, City of Berkeley Economic Development Manager

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. : drinks
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. : dinner

Featured Guest:
Ellyn Parker
Senior Community Development Specialist, Mayor's Office of Economic Workforce & Development, City of San Francisco


Ellyn works to create catalytic change in many realms. She believes deeply in the transformational power of creative expression . . . and she also likes pianos; a lot! She has spent time as a Mom, Youth Educator, Wrangler of events (big and small), Art gallery and Business owner, Restaurant Veteran, Bookshop keeper, Activist, Artist, Writer, Performer, Thinker, Student, Traveler, Government Workerbee, Clown, Elf and Nanny. She advocates for creativity, compassion and connectedness.

Ellyn is a strategic and visionary creative thinker with big picture project management skills, and a keen business and social acumen. She has extensive concrete experience in community and organizational capacity development, strategic planning and implementation, and leadership. Her work is deeply rooted in her professional and personal experience.
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Binita Pradhan, Owner & Chef, Bini's Kitchen
Featured Caterer:

Bini's Kitchen   


Plucked from the foothills of the Himalayas, Binita Pradhan welcomes you to her kitchen to experience home cooked Nepalese cuisine.  

Binis Kitchen combines home ground spices with local ingredients and delivers recipes passed down through generations.  Chef Bini’s passion emerged in her mother’s kitchen in Kathmandu. 

“I think cooking is in my blood,” says Binita Pradhan, single mother and owner of Bini’s Kitchen. She might have a case: Her mother, Saradha, cooked for the Nepalese royal family in the 1960s. Bini learned to cook in Saradha’s Kathmandu kitchen as a child, and hopes to see her Nepalese turkey dumplings sold throughout the Bay Area and the U.S.

Bini, who also attended cooking school in Bombay, joined La Cocina’s business incubation program a year and a half ago. While at La Cocina, Bini has created a strong fan base all over the Bay obsessed with her Nepalese dishes: her famous momos, or Nepalese dumplings served with roast-tomato-and-cilantro achar, and Gorkha Chicken, a chicken marinated in yogurt, and braised in butter, heaps of aromatics, and spices that she sun dries and grinds herself.


Through La Cocina, Bini landed a spot at Off the Grid Fort Mason, the largest weekly gathering of food trucks in California, and a spot in Whole Foods Market’s hot bar. 

“I came to La Cocina to pursue my dream,” Bini says. “My goal is to have Bini’s Kitchen’s Nepalese food everywhere. I wanted to sell at farmer’s markets and now I’m doing it. I wanted to sell my food in stores and now I’m doing it. La Cocina is helping me share my Nepalese food with everyone.”  


  • Gurkha Chicken: Tender pieces of boneless chicken marinated overnight in yoghurt with fresh ginger, garlic and homemade spices and finished with butter
  • Kauli Hariyo Kerau: Cauliflower (“Kauli”), and green peas (“Hariyo Kerau”) cooked together with green onions in homemade spices
  • Kalo Dal Jhaneko: Black Lentil cooked and tempered with whole cumin seeds
  • Jeera Rice: Yellow Basmati Rice cooked and tempered with cumin (“Jeera”) seeds, mustard seeds, bay leaves and spices



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When & Where

Impact Hub Berkeley
2150 Allston Way, #400
Inside the David Brower Center
Berkeley, CA 94704

Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:15 PM to 9:15 PM (PDT)

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Impact Hub San Francisco is a coworking & events space for a membership community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change.

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